Podospermum rajmahalensis J.Banerji et A.K.Ghosh

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN000612

Act LSID: urn:lsid:plantfossilnames.org:act:612

Authors: J. Banerji & A. K. Ghosh

Rank: species

Reference: Banerji, J. & Ghosh, A. K. (2006): Podospermum gen. et sp. nov., an Acmopyle-like dispersed silicified ovule/seed from Lower Cretaceous intertrappean beds of the Rajmahal Basin, India. – Cretaceous Research 27(5): 707–711.

Page of description: 708

Illustrations or figures: fig. 2A–J

Name is type for

Podospermum J.Banerji et A.K.Ghosh 2006 nom. illeg.

Other combinations

Podocarpospermum rajmahalensis (J.Banerji et A.K.Ghosh) J.Banerji et A.K.Ghosh 2008


Holotype Slide No. 13146, Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences, Lucknow, India
Figures: fig. 2I

Original diagnosis/description

Ovules/seeds oval in shape, drupaceous, erect in position; fertile bract present; ovule complex, subtended by fertile bract; ovuliferous scale encloses ovules/seeds; integument differentiated into three layers: sarcotesta with thin-walled cells, fleshy sclerotesta with thick walled cells, and endotesta thin and fleshy; ovuliferous scale (epimatium) entirely fused with integument and indistinguishable from it. Nucellus with nucellar pad at base; except at base it is free from integument; megasporangium with two distinct archegonia in apical region. Nucellus with nucellar beak in apical region, nucellar beak (tentpole) has trough-like broad base.


Cretaceous, Lower Cretaceous
Rajmahal Formation, Early Cretaceous (BarremianeAptian)


Sonajori, Rajmahal Basin, Jharkhand

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood


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